Marina L. Madden

About Me

Educator; Social Design; Organizational Communication; Cultural Advocate

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Bio

Native Texan, born in Austin in the 70's, and came of age in the Austin-San Antonio-Houston triangle. Have lived and worked in San Antonio since 1993 with experience in communication design, copywriting, multimedia, and art direction. Very passionate about organizational communication, public policy, social awareness, and cultural advocacy. Became an educator in 2008 which became the catalyst of renewal for my original spark and love for visual rhetoric and communication design. The profound power of design thinking and design making is more revealing to me now more than ever, and I find when incorporated as a lifestyle and way of thinking, great things will happen to anyone it touches—a wealth of global solutions await us as designers.

  • Marina Madden commented on the article "Where Design is Going, and How to be There"

    This article clearly reaffirms what I've always know to be true. Before reading this article, I had just tweeted, "..design pros need not limit their career choices to advertising..." I've always quietly rebelled against my expected career choice as a graphic designer in advertising and marketing for a decade after my BFA.  After almost a decade in the field, in 2008, I became a design educator, and in 2010 began my MFA journey that commenced in June 2012. My thesis, my passions, are evidently generalists after reading this article. My professional life is driven by design thinking, and not only as a profession, but a state of consciousness that can to be applied to all societies so to improve education, social infrastructure, politics, and sustainable living—i.e., social innovation. Design pros are mandatory partners in every aspect of human society. We are required for human evolution by addressing human behavior through conversations, research and most important to me, empathy. Design-educated generalists offer new revelatory perspectives—the best defense to fight the status quo. Since completing my MFA in Graphic Design from Savannah last spring, I am teaching a course at the University of Texas in Austin called, "Design & Persuasion" as an adjunct lecturer. It was because of my generalists approaches to design and MFA thesis focus, "The Role of Graphic Designers in Unifying Diverse Narratives," that I believe I was recruited to teach and define this course's learning outcomes. Thank you, thank you, thank you, for defining what being a design professional and educator means to me. I've known your article's definition to be true for many years as a designer; no excuse me, as a design-educated, generalist.

  • Marina Madden commented on the article "Where Design is Going, and How to be There"

    This article clearly reaffirms what I've always know to be true. Before reading this article, I had just tweeted, "..design pros need not limit their career choices to advertising..." I've always quietly rebelled against my expected career choice as a graphic designer in advertising and marketing for a decade after my BFA.  After almost a decade in the field, in 2008, I became a design educator, and in 2010 began my MFA journey that commenced in June 2012. My thesis, my passions, are evidently generalists after reading this article. My professional life is driven by design thinking, and not only as a profession, but a state of consciousness that can to be applied to all societies so to improve education, social infrastructure, politics, and sustainable living—i.e., social innovation. Design pros are mandatory partners in every aspect of human society. We are required for human evolution by addressing human behavior through conversations, research and most important to me, empathy. Design-educated generalists offer new revelatory perspectives—the best defense to fight the status quo. Since completing my MFA in Graphic Design from Savannah last spring, I am teaching a course at the University of Texas in Austin called, "Design & Persuasion" as an adjunct lecturer. It was because of my generalists approaches to design and MFA thesis focus, "The Role of Graphic Designers in Unifying Diverse Narratives," that I believe I was recruited to teach and define this course's learning outcomes. Thank you, thank you, thank you, for defining what being a design professional and educator means to me. I've known your article's definition to be true for many years as a designer; no excuse me, as a design-educated, generalist.

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